MISSION

The Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism produces bold reporting on issues related to social justice, and cultivates writers and multimedia producers to assist in that role.

BINJ supports independent publications in various reportorial and organizational capacities, collaborates with partners on sustainable journalism and civic engagement initiatives, and aims to empower promising muckrakers with training and professional compensation.


MODEL

BINJ contracts with reporters of all types to produce multimedia projects and features. We operate with rigor and drill hard on difficult issues, while structurally BINJ relies on a vast network of independent media makers (of various skill levels and interests) and distributes through a matrix of deeply-rooted commonwealth press institutions — from scrappy outer-borough weeklies to hyper-local blogs and podcasts.

Our model is designed to yield projects that step back to glimpse the big picture. Resources are scant in the alternative and community press, but thanks to our supporters and reporters BINJ is able to help small and independent outlets punch above their weight and make an impact on a landscape that is increasingly dominated by elite entities.

The BINJ model is currently being used in other cities including Little Rock and Santa Fe, and with help from the Reva and David Logan Foundation our crew has compiled something we call “BINJ-in-a-Box,” an instructive road map for those looking to incubate media in any town, city, or subject area where independent journalism is on life support. 

 

 

 

 


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IN THE NEWS

Panel, report decry push for privatization in Massachusetts” (Bay State Banner)

DigBoston Looks at Liquor License Hurdles” (BNN)

Comedy Fundraiser in Saugus to help addicts” (Boston Globe)

Boston journalism nonprofit hopes Medium will be a moneymaker” (Boston Globe)

Pittsfield Police Public Records Lost” (Boston Magazine)

Nonprofit Roundup (Jamaica Plain News)

‘Oxy Moron’ Then and Now” (NECN)

Regular Mentions in the daily Massachusetts Playbook (Politico)

How memberships can work for nonprofit journalism” (Journalism.co.uk)

Your license plate: Window to your life” (CSO Online)

A Boston Journalism Nonprofit Is Among The First Publishers To Sell Subscriptions on Medium” (Nieman Journalism Lab, Editor & Publisher, American Press Institute)

Mention in philanthropy roundup (Philanthropy Journal News)

BINJ seeks to finance independent, investigative reporting” (It’s All Journalism)

Beacon finds partnerships and matching donations work better than subscriptions and paywalls (Nieman Lab)

Investigative local reporting has a future—but it won’t look like the past (CJR)

Harvard Takes First Official Step on Allston Expansion (Boston Magazine)

Beacon finds partnerships and matching donations work better than subscriptions and paywalls (Nieman Lab)

Investigative local reporting has a future—but it won’t look like the past (CJR)

Harvard Takes First Official Step on Allston Expansion (Boston Magazine)

And many more including in these publications:


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BINJ IS AN INNOVATOR IN RESIDENCE WITH THE ROXBURY-BASED TRANSFORMATIVE CULTURE PROJECT (OUR FISCAL SPONSOR)